Let’s face it, we have been hearing about the importance of saving water in your home for years now. And yet, most of us have run out of ideas on what more to do—turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, take sorter showers—we’ve tried it all before. But with some states entering record droughts, water cutbacks have become more necessary than ever. That’s why we bring to you these water-saving tips you may have never considered, and trust us, they don’t hurt a bit. In fact, these ideas to save water at home are so easy, you might wonder why you didn’t think of them earlier.
The Easiest Ways to Save Water in Your Home
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Check for Leaks in your Bathroom & Kitchen
Sooner or later you will find at least one faulty faucet in your home. While it may not seem like a big deal, the reality is that every faucet leaking one drop per second wastes almost 2700 gallons of water per year! If you don’t fix the leaks without delay, it will worsen over time and waste even more water because leaks never heal themselves. So the solution is either call up the plumber or take the matter in your hands by getting yourself a do-it-yourself faucet repair kit sold at most hardware shops.
Reduce Lawn Watering
Your lawn does not need as much water as you think. To find out if it’s thirsty, step on the grass and see if it springs back. If so, your lawn is perfectly hydrated. If it remains flat, that’s the sign that it’s okay to go ahead and water. Remember that on average, your lawn needs only one inch of water per week. It’s also best to keep the blades at three inches, since it will help your lawn to retain more water. Moreover, make sure to water early in the morning or during late evening. If you irrigate during the daytime, evaporation will prevent quite a lot of water from reaching the plants’ roots.
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Install an Efficient & Modern Toilet
Believe it or not, toilet flushing accounts for more water wastage than any other activity in your home. That’s why it’s very important to replace older toilets—which use about 3 to 4 gallons of water per flush—with efficient low-flow toilets that use only 1.6 gallons. Leaky toilet tanks are another huge water waster—a faulty flush mechanism results in water leaking in the bowl slowly and silently—but can be corrected with a new toilet upgrade. Lastly, make sure not to use the toilet as a trash can. If you flush your diaper wipes, facial tissues, bandages, and cotton swabs in a trash can, you’re clogging your pipes and wasting water. Instead, opt for dual-flush toilets, which allow you to choose between a normal flush and a stronger flush.
Eat One Vegetarian Meal Per Week
Wondering how a vegetarian meal can help you save water? Well, if you consider all the water that cows, pigs, and other livestock require to sustain their lives, as well as the water needed to grow grains for these animals, you’ll realize how much it adds up. We aren’t telling you to give up your steaks and hot dogs altogether, but simply substituting your juicy beef burger with a healthy and tasty veggie patty even once a week can make a difference. You will be surprised to know that replacing just 4 ounces of beef in your diet every week with a vegetarian option can save more than 3,000 gallons of water. Isn’t it worth skipping that meaty meal just once a week?
Make Use of Grey Water
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Re-use Water for Houseplants
Gray water is the water that comes out of the drains of baths, showers, sinks, and washing machines and is very different from black water, which gets flushed down the toilet. While it’s not advisable for humans to drink this water, it’s perfectly alright to use it for landscaping, watering houseplants, or even flushing the toilet. So next time you wash produce in your sink, simply use a pot or a large bowl to catch the water. It’s a resource you can use it twice!
Undoubtedly, fresh water is a precious resource, and using it and reusing it wisely is an important step in living more sustainably. And with the severe drought conditions in many parts of the United States, as well as other parts of the world, saving water is one of the most pressing challenges at the moment. So use these easy ways to save water in your home and let us know if you have any ideas to share. Trust us, not only will you be doing the environment a favor, you will end up saving money on your water bills, too!
What creative ways do you save water in your home? Share with us in the comments.